Robert Markey earned his B.S. in physics from MIT in 1969 and his M.S. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts in 1982. Until 1980, his main focus was music, performing on classical guitar and sitar. In 1981, he began to work in the visual arts and also began his study of Tae Kwon Do. For the more than 27 years, those two disciplines have been at the center of his life. He has traveled extensively, working, studying and teaching in Japan, India, Europe, Central and South America. Markey works in several media, including painting, sculpture, installation, video and mosaics. He has done public art projects in cities around the country including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston and Minneapolis. His first video was aired on PBS, and he received national media coverage for his public performance work on domestic violence. He has done mosaic murals in Brazil, Mexico and the U.S., and his mosaic sculptures have been featured at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, Mass.